TITLE: Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald Delivers Keynote Address for African American History Month
SPEAKER: Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald
EVENT DATE: 02/08/2007
RUNNING TIME: 57 minutes
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald delivered the African American History Month keynote address at the Library of Congress. The program also featured remarks by John Fleming, national president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). ASALH's 2007 theme, "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas," honors the work of black historian John Hope Franklin, who recently won the Library's Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity.
Speaker Biography: Born in Birmingham, Ala., Millender-McDonald has garnered several "firsts" during her political career, including becoming the first African-American woman to serve on the Carson City Council. She has represented California's 37th congressional district in Los Angeles since 1996. "There are no more important responsibilities in the Peoples House than ensuring that their ability to vote in free and fair elections is not compromised in any manner, and that their government operates effectively and efficiently," she commented. Millender-McDonald also is the founder and executive director of the League of African-American Women and the founder of the Young Advocates, a political leadership-training program for African-Americans between the ages of 18 and 35.